Tropes, Forms, Gestures
A collection of video essays on cinematic objects, visual tropes, gestures and forms.
Watching John Ford …with Jean Epstein. Approaching the materiality of film …through the faces of its stars.
close by. Georges Franju and the moving frame
In the films of Georges Franju the irreal lies right next to reality. It takes just a mere pan of the camera to move from the familiar to the horrible. The simplest cinematic device of the movable camera produces the most disturbing effects. A study in the uncanny that is always already there, just beyond the … close by. Georges Franju and the moving frame weiterlesen
What is there to see when characters turn their back on us? Back views in cinema are experienced as disturbances of their visual regime. But by hiding the faces these images point towards another presence, both familiar and uncanny to us all: there’s an off-space we all carry with us but can never look at … Reproduction Interdite weiterlesen
Follow the Cat
A cat video of a different sort. Following a cat in Alfred Hitchcock leads to other cats and other films, to radical politics and the trouble with the gaze.
transitional steps [Sirk | Stahl | Stairs]
In the two film versions of IMITATION OF LIFE (directed by John M. Stahl in 1934 and by Douglas Sirk in 1959) the stage prop of stairs acquire a particular rich meaning. The staircase as transitional space is the place where not only different people but with them also different classes meet. A heterotopia the … transitional steps [Sirk | Stahl | Stairs] weiterlesen
Thinking in Ruptures
Reading a moment from A STAR IS BORN (USA 1954) The combination of what is irreconcilable, the transition from the self to the other, the shiver between continuity and discontinuity – that is the task of philosophy. And that is the art of one of Hollywood’s greatest philosophers: Judy Garland.
Turning the Screw
A man is getting cornered. The past is closing in, thightening its grip… A detail in Jacques Tourneur’s „Out of the Past“ (USA 1947) becomes visible as metaphor. For the film’s story… …and it’s mise-en-scène.
An essay in (un)readability. Just one novel, filmed countless times. Just one shot, watched countless times. They make me aware of how every act of reading is threatened by its reversal, the inability to understand and how repeating the same words only long enough renders them illegible. The text and the shot, turned in my … Unfold weiterlesen